Core qualities: water, tides, old landscape, salt marshes, the northernmost point on the mainland Noordkaap, Noordpolderzijl, mudflat walks to Rottumerplaat.
World Heritage Site!!
Due to its unique character, the Wadden Sea has been designated a World Heritage Site.
The area gives visitors unique experiences such as walking on the seabed, after several hours watching your tracks being washed away and seeing the Wadden Sea landscape with its channels, streams and mussel banks change into a foaming sea.
The salt marshes on the north coast give a good idea of what the land of Groningen looked like before the dykes were built to protect the land from constant flooding. The salt marshes create a natural pasture area which is very fertile due to the regular flooding. This attracts many birds, making it a wonderful spot for birdwatchers.
On the bed of the Wadden Sea, you can walk the mudflats from Noordpolderzijl. There are boats in Noordpolderzijl, Eemshaven and Delfzijl, which will take you to the mudflats. Rijksbosbeheer (Forestry Commission) organises trips to Rottumeroog and other nature areas which are not normally open to the public. Plans for a major dredging project are currently being developed to enable more tourist boats to sail from Noordpolderzijl.
History and settlement
The Verdronken Geschiedenis (Sunken History) Foundation joins together with Museumhuis Groningen and researchers to conduct regular studies into the region’s cultural history. As a result, more and more information is becoming available about the history and settlements which existed in bygone ages.